Photo by Bridget Elliot

Roberta Diamond, soprano

 

Roberta Diamond is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London with Marie Vassiliou, supported by The Guildhall School Trust. She specialises in the interpretation of renaissance and baroque music and performs in a variety of ensembles across Europe dedicated to this repertoire. Roberta has a particular interest in Italian sacred music of the 17th century.

Recent concert performances include J.S. Bach’s Ich habe genug under the direction of John Butt OBE and Telemann’s Deine Toten werden leben at the Tilford Bach Festival. Roberta has sung a number of opera and oratorio roles including Minerva in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno di Ulisse in Patria, Filia in Carissimi’s Jephte, Diane in Charpentier's Actéon changé en biche and Cupid in Blow’s Venus and Adonis. She has performed in the Urbino Festival of Early Music, the London Handel Festival, the Brighton Early Music Festival, the Greenwich Early Music Festival and the International Festival of Baroque Music in Bolivia. In London she has sung live on BBC Radio 3 and performed at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Handel House and Wigmore Hall, amongst other venues.

Roberta has participated in masterclasses and sung under the direction of many leading artists in her field including Dame Emma Kirkby, Gabriel Garrido, Richard Egarr, Eamonn Dougan, James Johnstone, Alessandro Quarta and Steven Devine. She is a member of Emma Kirkby’s ensemble for lutes and voices, Dowland Works, with whom she regularly performs.

This will be Roberta’s first professional appearance in Australia. She has fond memories of her early musical experiences with the Sydney Children’s Choir and Gondwana Voices, under the direction of Lyn Williams OAM, and looks forward to future collaborations in Australia as she completes her studies in the UK. Roberta’s undergraduate degree is in international relations and languages (Arabic and Spanish) from the University of Sydney.

 

Roberta will sing the role of Amore in our production of Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea in 2017.